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Floating Paper Clip Experiment

Take a look at the simple Floating Paper Clip Experiment which you can easily include in your project list.


Things Required

Dry Paper Clips



Tissue Paper



Bowl with Water in it


A Stick/ Pencil




Step 1: Get the water bowl ready.

Step 2: Gently place the paper clip and see if it floats. No?

Step 2:  Now, take a piece of tissue paper and drop it on the surface of the water.

Step 3: Place the paper clip on the surface of the tissue paper.

Step 4: With the help of the stick, carefully poke the tissue paper until the tissue sinks.

Step 5: You will notice that the paper clip doesn’t sink.

So, this is how you make a paper clip float.






Scientific Reason

So, how does this work? The paper clip floats due to Surface Tension.  Surface Tension created by the water molecules make the paper clip float.


-Pratibha Yadav

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